The Waves is a spatial album for Marres composed by the Norwegian composer Espen Sommer Eide. It comprises  a series of works, consecutive in terms of their spatial placement, which can be enjoyed both separately and in unison. In the year preceding this sound exhibition, Sommer Eide records the album with help of several artists and musicians, and with instruments that are especially designed for this project. The recordingswill result in a vinyl album, and will be simultaneously mixed into musical pieces to be played in Marres. The pieces will cause a collective stream-of-consciousness that will make the spaces, architecture, and history of the house tangible. Following the shadows of the musicians, the audience will experience a musical journey that transports them from one room to the next. They will hear sequences, melodies and rhythms where the voices and perspectives of the performers are multiplied and heard from many angles at once, as in an imaginary hall of sound mirrors.

For this project, Marres will collaborate with the Bergen center for Electronic Arts, the Borealis Festival and SOFA music.

Espen Sommer Eide is a composer and artist based in Bergen, Norway. Using music as a tool, his works investigates themes ranging from the linguistic to sensory biology, including the invention of new scientific and musical instruments for performative fieldwork. He has been a prominent representative of experimental electronic music from Norway, with main projects Alog and Phonophani, and a string of releases on the labels Rune Grammofon and Hubro. His works has been exhibited and performed at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Assembly, Manifesta Biennial, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Stedelijk Museum, Sonic Acts, Mutek festival, GRM/Presences Électronique, Performa Festival, Museo Reina Sofia and more. Eide is also a member of the theatre/art collective Verdensteatret, with extensive international touring and exhibi­tions.

The Waves is made possible through financial support of Fonds 21.